Systems Two Recording Studio Closed

From an update from Peter Hand about our friends Joe and Nancy Marciano~wonderful people-thank you for everything!

Recent WCS releases include:
“Passion Reverence Transcendence” Benito Gonzalez, Gerry Gibbs, Essiet Okon Essiet
“92 Years Young: Jammin’ at the Gibbs House” Terry Gibbs
“Steppin’ Up” The Eric Hargett Trio featuring Joey DeFrancesco and Gerry Gibbs
“Thrasher Dream Trio Live in Studio” Gerry Gibbs, Ron Carter, Kenny Barron + guests

News- Systems Two Recording Studios Closed
As some of you may know, there’s been an unexpected development at Systems Two. It won’t affect the quality of the finished album, but it will take somewhat longer than expected to be completed.A few weeks ago, Systems Two owners Joe and Nancy Marciano broke the news that after 44 years they were retiring and going out of business. Buyers had been approaching them to sell the studio building in an increasingly gentrified, “hot” area of Brooklyn. Although the recording business was something they loved dearly, Nancy and Joe decided it was the right thing to do at the right time.

However, following the recording sessions, the mixing and mastering of my album was not yet completed when the studio ceased operation. The good news is that Mike Marciano is not retiring, and he will continue with current and new projects.

Systems Two has been one of the most renowned studios for hundreds of jazz and classical artists, and Mike Marciano is recognized as one of the best in the business. With Systems Two closing, he’s arranged to work as an independent engineer at Samurai Studios in Astoria, Queens. He’s also relocated all the equipment from the Systems Two “B” control room to his home on Long Island, creating a replica of the mixing/editing/mastering studio…

For more info visit http://wbgo.org/post/systems-two-recording-prolific-and-pivotal-studio-brooklyn-quietly-closes-its-doors#stream/0

8/10: Peter Hand Trio to Play Jazz, Latin and Funk at AHA Night

8/10: Peter Hand Trio to Play Jazz, Latin and Funk at AHA Night

On Thursday, August 10, the Peter Hand Trio returns to New Bedford to perform at AHA Night, with New York-based guitarist Peter Hand and standout Southcoast musicians Marty Ballou on bass and Mark Walker on drums. Presented by Whaling City Sound for this month’s AHA theme “Jammin’ In The Streets”, the trio will play music of jazz greats Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington, Latin & Brazilian jazz, plus a healthy dose of funk and R&B standards. 
 
Guitarist, composer and arranger Peter Hand has worked with many top artists and bands including Houston Person, Lee Konitz, Carmen Lundy, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and the Charleston Jazz Orchestra. His most recent album, Out Of Hand, (Savant Records), received rave reviews and reached No. 4 on the JazzWeek Radio Chart of top 50 CDs. Jazz & Blues Report says “Hand is a wonderful guitarist in the vein of a Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green and the like with a definite blues sensibility”, and Downbeat stated “When Hand arranges outside material for the band, he masterfully adds a new dimension to it”.
 
Marty Ballou is high on the list of New England’s “first-call” bassists. Highly regarded nationally for his work in the jazz and blues fields, he is equally at home in other genres including folk, rock, pop and Americana, with a massive list of credits, including working with Peter Wolf, Herb Ellis, Roomful of Blues, Cheryl Wheeler, Duke Robillard, John Hammond and Jimmy Witherspoon.
 
Drummer Mark Walker has played on over 60 albums, including five Grammy winning and nine Grammy nominated projects. He has had long-standing relationships with artists such as Paquito D’Rivera and the group Oregon, and has performed & recorded with Dianne Reeves, Regina Carter, James Ingram, Michael Brecker, Eliane Elias, the Caribbean Jazz Project and Andy Narell. 
 
– Centre Street Sessions presented by Whaling City Sound. This month in the New York Meets New Bedford Series: Guitarist Peter Hand, accompanied by bassist Marty Ballou and drummer Mark Warker, plays live in the Kaller Beef parking lot (Centre Street) with sets at 5:30 & 7:15pm. Rain location: BayCoast Bank (23 Elm Street).-

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